Magna opening Slovakia plant for ADAS and electrification systems

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Magna is expanding its ADAS and electrification footprint with the opening of a new plant in Kechnec, Slovakia. Magna’s new Kechnec operations is the company’s fifth manufacturing facility in Slovakia and is currently hiring for a number of roles including managers, engineers, operators and more. The brownfield facility will support two European automakers and new global entrant.

Tesla free Supercharging program extended to all stations across Poland and Slovakia


As per a recent message from the company, free charging services have now been activated at all Superchargers across Poland and Slovakia. . Starting today, you can access free Supercharging at all Superchargers across Poland and Slovakia.


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EEB report finds only Belgium and Slovakia on track to meet EU air pollution targets

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EEB analysis found that only two member states (Belgium and Slovakia) are on track to meet the targets for the decade between 2020 and 2029, while only Belgium is on course to satisfy its 2030 commitments. All of the EU’s member states but two have failed to show how they will slash air pollution to comply with the emissions limits set out in the EU’s National Emission Ceilings Directive, according to a new report from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

InoBat Auto acquires Slovakia site for battery R&D and prototype production

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European R&D and battery production company InoBat Auto has acquired a 290,000 sq ft (27,000 sq m) facility close to Bratislava, Slovakia. The property will house a 100MWh facility combining proprietary High Throughput Process ( HTP ) R&D with prototype battery cell-manufacturing capabilities. InoBat says the facility will produce batteries to specifications of the vehicle manufacturer, and will enable European electric vehicle manufacturers to reduce dependence on imports from Asia.

Tesla Expands Free Supercharging To All Of Poland And Slovakia


Tesla continues to help Ukraine in the midst of the Russian invasion

Tritium Veefil-RT 50 kW fast chargers chosen for EV and V2G research project in Slovakia

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As part of a research project into e-mobility and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) charging in Slovakia, a Tritium Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast charger has been installed at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. ZEROEMISSION, Tritium’s distributor in the region, has joined with Nissan Sales Central & Eastern Europe and the Slovak Academy of Sciences in the project, which is looking at how to implement the most innovative charging solutions across the country.

Magna begins production of first mild hybrid transverse transmission for BMW Group

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The mild hybrid transmissions are built at Magna’s facilities in Neuenstein, Germany, and Kechnec, Slovakia. Magna continues its transformation toward electric mobility with the start of production of its mild hybrid transmission for BMW Group.

Hyundai Motor Group affiliates to join Climate Group’s RE100, aim to expand renewable energy use

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In 2019, Kia established a system to replace all power used in its production plant in Žilina, Slovakia with renewable energy. Hyundai Mobis made a full switch to renewable energy sources in its Slovakia and Sweden operations earlier this year. Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) announced that five key affiliate companies, including Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation, will join Climate Group’s RE100 , a global initiative committed to moving toward 100% renewable energy.

Hyundai Mobis to showcase AI-controlled electric concept M.Vision X at IAA Mobility

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At IAA Mobility 2021 (7-12 September 2021), Hyundai Mobis, the global N° 7 automotive supplier, will unveil the M.Vision X , an AI-included concept car for full autonomous driving, in a European premiere.

EIA: US, Qatar and Russia provided almost 70% of liquefied natural gas received in Europe in 2021

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Pipeline receipts from Russia at the three main entry points (Kondratki in Poland, Greifswald in Germany, and Velke Kapusany in Slovakia, which combined account for 14.3 In 2021, a large share of Europe’s supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) originated in the United States, Qatar, and Russia.

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Tesla free Supercharging extended to areas affected by Ukraine invasion


Select Tesla Superchargers in parts of Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary will be free of use as part of the EV maker’s efforts to help people currently being affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Charge for free in parts of Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Rio Tinto invests in InoBat

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This investment will support the completion of InoBat’s research and development center and pilot battery line in Voderady, Slovakia. Rio Tinto is supporting the development of a battery ecosystem in Europe with an investment in Inobat Auto (InoBat), a Europe-based battery technology and manufacturing company.

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Mobilyze Closed its Seed Round to Improve the Utilization of EV Charge Points

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Bratislava, Slovakia (September 21, 2021) – Slovak start-up Mobilyze closed its seed round from Vision Ventures investment fund to improve the utilization of electric vehicle charge points.

Hyundai Motor to integrate green energy into Charge myHyundai service in Europe

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Charge myHyundai is currently available in 15 European markets: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Hyundai Motor is integrating green energy into Charge myHyundai.

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Rio Tinto and InoBat partner to explore full life-cycle lithium battery initiative

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InoBat, a battery manufacturer with a battery research and development facility and pilot plant being developed in Slovakia intends to scale up its future production through gigafactories to be built in the EMEA region. Rio Tinto and InoBat, a European battery technology and manufacturing company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to accelerate the establishment of a “cradle-to-cradle” battery manufacturing and recycling value chain in Serbia.

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EC approves second major battery innovation project; €2.9B (US$3.5B) from 12 member states

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The project, called “European Battery Innovation” (EuBatIn) was jointly prepared and notified by Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

ŠKODA collaborates with IBG ?esko on second-life battery energy storage system; up to 328 kWh

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So far, 160 pre-orders have been received from dealers in the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovakia. ŠKODA AUTO, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, is introducing a smart energy storage system using second-life batteries from electric vehicles.

Electric-Car Battery Swapping, Slovakian Style (Well, Vans, Anyway)

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That could be in the commercial vehicle world, as demonstrated by the GreenWay Project in Slovakia. Battery swapping was once hailed as the miracle cure for short-range electric cars, but the trials and tribulations of Better Place have shown that isn''t necessarily the case. It''s not a bad idea though--it just needs the correct application.

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Credendo: European aluminum sector in a critical situation

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In Slovakia, production at the Slovalco smelter (owned by Norsk Hydro) will be reduced to 60% of its capacity (down from 80%).

Elon Musk NFT created to commemorate his aide to Ukraine during war


Tesla has also supported Ukraine by offering free Supercharger services to neighboring countries, like Poland, Slovakia, and Hungry, helping refugees escape the war zone. The Meta History: Museum of War has raised $850,000 so far from NFT-artworks to support Ukraine during the war.

Kia outlines its path to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045; full electrification in major markets by 2040, in Europe by 2035

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In line with Kia’s RE100 commitment, Kia’s Slovakia production facility has already turned to 100% green energy in electricity generation.

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Enviral licenses Clariant’s sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology

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Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Enviral, the largest producer of bioethanol in Slovakia, have signed a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. This new plant will be owned and operated by Enviral and is planned to be integrated into the existing facilities at Enviral’s Leopoldov site in Slovakia with an annual production capacity of 50,000 tons.

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3-year, $75.7M eRamp power electronics research project launches at Infineon

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Manfred Austen GmbH (Dresden); Slovak University of Technology (Bratislava, Slovakia); Technical University Vienna and University of Innsbruck (both in Austria); as well as Technical University Dresden and the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences, Zwickau (Germany). The Project eRamp is co-funded by grants from ENIAC Joint Undertaking and from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia und the UK.

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Tesla “Camp Mode” and other features become indispensable for Ukraine EV owners


In late February, Tesla announced that it was waiving fees in select Superchargers in Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary — which are close to Ukraine — to help electric vehicle owners get to safety.

SEAT introduces the Mii Electric city car in first salvo of electric offensive

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SEAT Mii electric production will begin in Bratislava (Slovakia) in Q4 2019, with a market introduction starting from the very end of the year. SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has begun its EV offensive by introducing the Mii Electric city car in Oslo. Pre-sales of the SEAT Mii electric—touted by SEAT as one of the most affordable EVs offered—will start in September.

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EEA: average CO2 emissions from new cars and new vans in Europe increased in 2018

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g CO 2 /km) and Slovakia (169.7 It also varied across countries: smaller vehicles were sold in Bulgaria and Cyprus ( 1 955 kg) in Slovakia, Finland and Czech Republic. According to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the average CO 2 emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU) in 2018 increased for the second consecutive year, reaching 120.4 grams of CO 2 per kilometer.

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Audi begins construction of first North American plant

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r (Hungary); Bratislava (Slovakia); Changchun (China); Aurangabad (India); Martorell (Spain); and Jakarta (Indonesia). Audi has begun construction on a more than €900-million plant, comprising a press shop, body shop and assembly line in San José Chiapa, Mexico—the company’s first plant in North America. Starting in mid-2016, the plant will produce the successor generation of the successful Audi Q5 SUV.

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V4 countries form G4 Centre of Excellence for joint R&D in Generation-4 nuclear reactors

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Trnava, Slovakia) agreed to establish the V4G4 Centre of Excellence for performing joint research, development and innovation in the field of Generation-4 (G4) nuclear reactors. The V4 is an alliance of four Central European states—Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The nuclear research institutes of the Visegrád Group countries (V4) (ÚJV ?ež ež a.s., Husinec, Czech Republic; MTA EK, Budapest, Hungary; NCBJ, ?wierk, wierk, Poland; and VUJE, a.s.,

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Austrian transport company orders 220 biodiesel-powered trucks from Scania

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The Austrian transport company Nothegger Transport maintains operations across 13 sites, including in countries such as Italy and Slovakia. Austrian haulier Nothegger Transport has ordered 220 trucks from Scania with biodiesel engines which meet Euro 6 requirements and are designed for 100-percent biodiesel operation. This major order follows the introduction of Scania’s 13-litre 450 hp engine, which meets Euro 6 standard for biodiesel operation. Earlier post.).

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IBM and ZSE team on Central European e-mobility project; “green highway”

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ZSE), the largest distributor and supplier of electricity in Slovakia, on a smart energy “feasibility” study that will help prepare the capital city Bratislava for electric vehicles (EVs). The study will help identify the possibilities of connecting two neighboring metropolitan areas—Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria with a “green” highway. IBM Slovakia is teaming with ZSE to provide insights into various implementation scenarios and infrastructure options for charging.

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European Fast-E project launches; 278 fast-charging points in Germany and Belgium

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A sister project between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will add another 30 charging stations. The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, has officially launched , with the objective of installing 241 fast-charging charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. The 278 charging points set up every 80 km along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to “refuel” and extend their car’s range.

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Electric vans join the battery-swap craze

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The very first battery swap station dedicated to serving electric vans has opened in Slovakia. Opening last week in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and run by GreenWay, the new station will be able to swap the batteries of vehicles up to 3.5 tonne in weight in less than 7 minutes-making it a quick alternative [.]. Electric cars battery swap stations electric car GreenWay

Europe’s Most Financed Luxury Car Brand

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Mercedes-Benz is most popular in Russia, Czechia and Slovakia. Latest research from Specialist Car Finance Experts, Forza Finance , has revealed that BMW is the most popular luxury car brand to finance in 16 of Europe’s 44 countries including the UK & Ireland based on finance rather than sales or units. With research based entirely on Google Search records this can not be deemed as highly significant, however it’s good clean fun.

EEA: average CO2 emissions from new cars and new vans in Europe increased again in 2019

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Average emissions were highest in Slovakia (174.3 Lighter vehicles were registered in and Cyprus, Bulgaria and Portugal (average mass 2 000 kg) in Iceland, Slovakia, Norway and Finland. 2 -emissions-from-new-cars-vans-2019">According to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), average CO 2 emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom (UK), increased in 2019, for the third consecutive year.

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Volkswagen Group’s Škoda to unveil 500 km Vision E electric concept at Shanghai show; leveraging MEB for electromobility

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Škoda operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners. ŠKODA will stage the world premiere of the VISION E electric concept vehicle at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show 2017 (19 – 28 April). The five-door SUV coupé can travel up to 500 km (311 miles) on purely electric power and meets the level 3 requirements for autonomous driving.

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Interim assessment finds Volkswagen’s “Think Blue. Factory.” program reduced resource consumption by average 24.3% since 2011

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The entire logistics team in Chattanooga (US) promoted measures such as the use of fuel cells for materials transport as well as the recycling of paper and plastic, while Vojtech Kiss from Bratislava (Slovakia) turned his attention to recycling water from washing units. Volkswagen reports that it is on track with its “Think Blue. Factory.” environmental program: since 2011, the consumption of resources in vehicle production has been reduced by an average of 24.3% ( Earlier post.)

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IONITY partners with Shell, OMV, Tank & Rast and Circle K on sites for high-power charging network; 18 countries, >200 sites

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By joining forces with Shell, IONITY will be able to install its fast charging infrastructure at sites throughout ten European countries: Belgium, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

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Volkswagen to invest ~$1.2B in Zwickau plant to convert to pure e-mobility facility; MEB-based EVs

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In addition, vehicle production plants throughout the world such as those at Pamplona in Spain, Palmela in Portugal and Bratislava in Slovakia are preparing for the production of further MQB vehicles. As part of a projected €22.8 billion (US$26.9 billion) investment in its plants worldwide, the Volkswagen Group will invest about €1 billion (US$1.2 billion) into its Zwickau, Germany plant to convert it into a pure-play e-mobility facility.

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Interim assessment finds Volkswagen’s “Think Blue. Factory.” environmental program tracking to meet 2018 goals of 25% improvement vs. 2010

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The award-winners are Jörg Kessler from the Hanover plant, Peter Solárik from Bratislava (Slovakia), and Peter Splitt, Udo Guenther and Karsten Folchmann from the Salzgitter plant. The Volkswagen brand’s “Think Blue. Factory.” environmental program remains on track to meet its 2018 goals of reducing energy and water consumption as well as the share in waste, CO 2 and solvent emissions at all Volkswagen plants throughout the world by 25% compared with 2010 levels by 2018.

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Tesla pledges to keep Ukrainian workers’ employment and salary if they serve in military


Although Tesla does not officially operates within Ukraine, any of the country’s estimated 5,000 Tesla owners can access free Supercharging at select stations in Poland, Hungary Slovakia.

PSA Group outlines powertrain production strategy: gasoline PHEVs, EVs and next-gen diesel and gasoline engines

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In addition, to increase its capacity to produce three-cylinder gasoline engines and move production as close to consumers as possible, PSA Group will install an EB module at the Trnava, Slovakia plant in 2019. As part of the energy transition process and in line with the technological offensive spelled out in its Push to Pass strategic plan ( earlier post ), PSA Group will focus on diversifying its offerings with plug-in hybrid gasoline systems and next-generation electric powertrains.

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EEA report finds more action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures

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Eastern European regions (including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) and regions in southern Europe (including Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece), where incomes and education are lower and unemployment rates higher than European averages, were more exposed to air pollutants including particulate matter (PM) and ground level ozone (O 3 ).

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Skoda to set up second life battery hubs to power its retailers

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The company has also received 160 pre-orders for the power hubs from its dealers in Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands and Slovakia. Skoda to set up second life battery hubs to power its retailers.